‘Unbearable suffering’: a qualitative study on the perspectives of patients who request assistance in dying

J Med Ethics doi:10.1136/jme.2011.045492
Author: Marianne K Dees, Myrra J Vernooij-Dassen, Wim J Dekkers, Kris C Vissers, Chris van Weel
Background One of the objectives of medicine is to relieve patients’ suffering. As a consequence, it is important to understand patients’ perspectives of suffering and their ability to cope. However, there is poor insight into what determines their suffering and their ability to bear it. …Purpose To explore the constituent elements of suffering of patients who explicitly request euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide (EAS) and to better understand unbearable suffering from the patients’ perspective.”
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